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Watching your weight? Who’s watching the diet supplements?

Americans spend more than $20 billion each year on dietary supplements, many of them questionable products.

Dietary supplements are big business – a $20 billion+ industry in the United States. Tens of thousands of products line the shelves of grocery, drug and health food stores – with about 1,000 new choices introduced each year.

But the US government says up to a fifth of supplements make questionable claims – and it’s identified some 300 diet products as outright fraudulent.

We have a special video today on dietary supplements. Watch it, share it, see “What Do Others Say?” for more on the diet industry, then add to the discussion below. What do you think? Is more regulation needed, or are market forces enough?

What do others say?

  • US Food and Drug Administration: U.S. Food and Drug Administration: "Beware of Fraudulent 'Dietary Supplements'" More

  • NPR: NPR: “Americans urged to rethink dietary supplement use” More

  • Bloomberg Businessweek: Bloomberg Businessweek: “How safe are diet supplements?” More

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